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Promoting Decent Rural Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship in Benin, Cameroon, Malawi and Niger - GCP/RAF/494/MUL









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    Building Resilience in the Sahel Region through Job Creation for Youth - GCP/GLO/050/GER 2021
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    The Sahel region faces many challenges, including insecurity, rising extremism, and lack of economic prospects and employment opportunities. In this context, the number of young people in the countries of the Group of Five for the Sahel (G5 Sahel) is unprecedented, with over 60 percent of the population below 25 years of age. Two thirds of them live in rural areas and are poorer and more often lack access to employment, skills, financial services and technology than adults. In addition, because of their vulnerabilities, they may be at risk of radicalization, negative coping mechanisms or migration, given that this region is also both the departure point for migrants and a key corridor of different migration routes. If no action is taken to improve access to education, vocational training and quality employment, the Sahel could potentially become a hub of mass migration, losing its younger generations in search prospects not available in the region, and becoming a potential hotspot for recruitment and training of radical groups. To build sustainable peace in the Sahel region, urgent attention is therefore needed to bridge the humanitarian development and peace nexus, while systematically enhancing youth’s opportunities to support their countries economically, environmentally and socially, in order to address adverse drivers of youth migration and prevent some triggers of radicalization or tendencies towards negative coping mechanisms.
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    Youth Employment in Mali 2017
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    In Mali, 40 percent of the population is aged between 15 and 40 and youth unemployment rates are extremely high in the rural areas which represents a clear threat to social cohesion and food security within the communities. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is working with the Ministry of Agriculture to implement Youth at Work: Reducing Rural Poverty (2014-2016), a programme which aims at generating attractive and decent job opportunities for rural youth with a sp ecific attention to girls and young women, a key contribution to strengthening resilience for food security and nutrition and reducing rural poverty in Mali.
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    Nature & Faune
    African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development
    2013
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    This Issue of Nature & Faune puts forward the case of “African Youth in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development”. It comprises twenty one articles from authors of various backgrounds, including: policy makers, conservation NGOs; the private sector; civil society groups; research and academia as well as youth groups. The articles offer field experiences, conceptual frameworks, and ideas on what needs to be done at local, national, regional and international levels to support young Africans to deliver their full potential in rural development through agriculture and natural resources management. The editorial highlights an increasing acceptance of migration as a ‘development enabler’ that has to be considered once the current Millennium Development Goals phases out in 2015. It reveals how development partners and renewable natural resource management organizations can embrace migration and plan their interventions and investments efforts taking youth migration into a ccount. The Special Feature examines the fundamentals of adapting university education to produce graduates for a changing world and the importance of practical experience to promote entrepreneurship. A guest writer is of the opinion that African agriculture per se does not have the capacity to absorb the huge mass of young people reaching the job market – this can only be possible if agriculture triggers a set of associated value chain related activities that indeed will, to some extent, hav e this capacity. This edition is rich in success stories including the incisive exploration of the likelihood of South-South Cooperation to offer sustainable agriculture-led solutions to youth unemployment in Africa. Under the regular feature “Country Focus”, the spot light is on the Republic of Liberia show-casing it as the oldest independent republic in Africa as well as one of the most youthful countries in the world!

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